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Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), Helsinki

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The largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) stands as a symbol of Russian influence in Finland's history. Designed by architect Aleksey Gornostayev during Russian rule of the region in the 19th century, this Eastern Orthodox church was completed in 1868. Visit the popular Helsinki landmark, note its traditional Russian design, and then enjoy the view of the city from this scenic hilltop. Take time to inspect the structure's ornate interior, domed ceilings, and crypt chapel, as well as several historically and artistically important icons, including St. Nicolas the Wonder Maker and Theotokos of Kozeltshan. Work out when and for how long to visit Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and other Helsinki attractions using our handy Helsinki itinerary planner.
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  • This church is picturesquely perched on a hill near the port. If you arrive in Helsinki by ship, it will be one of the first buildings you see. Whilst this is a Russian Orthodox Church, it fits in qui...  more »
  • One of the best places, It looks amazing, exteriors and interiors are great. really beautiful and spiritual  more »
  • I guess this is one orthodox church symbolizing Russian influence in Finland. Four giant granite columns are clearly visible in the church's ornate vaults. Apparently, this is the largest orthodox cat...  more »
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  • Absolutely spectacular structure. I haven't been in awe of a building quite as much as I was here. Built with brick and towering into the skies. I was blown away. Definitely a great place to visit and not far from the docks and Senate Square.
  • Nice looking cathedral, red color is nice contrast to blue sky. Another beautiful place.
  • Door handle does not twist. Need new door handles. The last thing I needed with my face frozen, hands frost-bitten was to be humiliated at a house of God. To my shock and horror I could not twist nor turn the door handle only to realise the door handle only pulled. I work in user experience design and will tell you this for free, that is bad UX. Once I finally breached the defences, it was lovely inside. Would've given 5/7 had it been for better door handles.
  • The cathedral is not only immaculate in its own right but it also offers spectacular views of the surrounding city. I highly suggest and early morning visit to watch the sunrise and observe how sheets of pink and baby blue, blanket the city. Autumn is a great time of year as the trees create a natural frame of red, green and yellow around the city landscape
  • On a hill top but not that high you imagined. Just about 50 steps. The city and the Helsinki Bay view is spectacular.